Re: I guess the Fan Boy, Haters club
posted at 11/4/2013 12:20 PM EST
In response to ghostofjri37's comment:
In response to HelmetofLeather's comment:
Strong run game followed by Play action passing..............sounds familiar, will have to check my old posts to see if maybe I said that............Great day by Brady......Quiet one by The Boy Blunder McDaniels
They had a great gasme plan today. They attacked the steelers weakness in their secondary... the safeties. They attacked the seams and exposed the steelers inability of the steelers safeties to adequately identify and cover the those routes. Brady did today what he has struggled with this year... he made the correct decison on almost every single throw. He is the best i have ever seen at doing this but for a myriad of reasons he has struggled with his decision making this year.
Myriads of Reasons take 1
1.) Seams: Gronkowski, like any great combo-TE, really dominates the seems. This has a reciprocal effect in a concept offense like the Erhardt Perkins. It opens up underneath routes, it draws safeties away from exterior routes, and it clears a path for runners. How manytimes did we see Ridely, Bolden, or Blount get to the second level and find their way into a seem created by Gronk?
2.) Correct decisions: Brady's made mostly correct decisions this season. ESPN has an article about this, stating how presnap, prethrow he has been great. Credit that for the low amount of turnovers this offense has generated, even if they have had trouble punching it in. Since the end of the Saints game Brady's lost some touch on his passes, but the "hand" injury seems to account for some of that. The miscues and tie-ups are three fold. A few have been bad plays by Brady, like anyone always makes: he isn't a machine. Many have been a result of poor decisions by WRs. I can't underscore this enough, they make reads on multiple levels on every single down too. It's odd that so many give a few rookies the benefit of the doubt ... not odd illogical. Even if one player is 95% accurate in their decision making, it doesn't and cannot force other players to be that way. Even this week, Dobson broke off one 'go' route too late missing a back shoulder throw, and he turned a 'go' into a 'corner' when it should have been an 'out' route. Because his stable mates are no longer KT (who also made mistakes) and Hooman (who simply doesn't get open), those micues weren't exaggerated. They were lost in the mix of proper execution by most players. This is how you bring mistake prone rookie along; earlier this season NE was forced to play them all at once. It IS a recipe for poor execution from everyone.
Lastly, the extreme flux in the offensive personell has led to inconsistent groupings. Until this week, this week alone, NE hasn't practiced with and started the same starting group of five position players once all season. They've had to try Develin in for Hooman, Boyce was starting one week, Dobson missed time, and Thomkins at one point (a guy they left off the roster this week) was their #1 target. Only Edelman, who is ok but not great, has been there all season. This isn't turnover, it's flux. And when you are in flux it is difficult enough for WRs/TEs to be on the same page, let alone when those players are rookies who frequently make mistakes as to what page they should even be reading to begin with.
3.) Execution. Yes, Tom was missing some throws in that middle stretch when his hand was (is?) injured. But the sheer number of drops basically kill execution because mistakes downs compound themselves. Just look at the 3 & out sequence from the 3rd yesterday. Run for loss, Edelman drop, unmanageable third and long. If Edelman had held the easy pass, it's a third and short. That was a perpetual cycle early in the season. It was exacerbated in the middle games by injuries, BRady not making the cleanest throws (the INT to Gronk being one throw that was just not sharp and could have been a completion if it's on target).
Continuity breeds execution.
Consider the situation as thus; by the end of the bye week this offensive starting group will, essentially, be coming out of training camp. The offseason attrition, in season injuries, etcetera, have created this scenario. Up until now, it's been backups and people that weren't ready to play.